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A Message From Scott Olsen

The young Iraq War veteran who was hospitalized after Oakland police attacked Occupy protesters in the city is still working to get his speech back, but he is able to write and he posted on Google+: “I’m feeling a lot better, with a long road in front of me. … You’ll be hearing more from me in the near future and soon enough we’ll see you in our streets!”

Olsen’s brain was injured after police began a prolonged campaign using tear gas and other projectiles to clear the city center of Occupy Oakland protesters. Demonstrators, who refused to abandon their encampment, said the object that fractured Olsen’s skull was fired by police. He became an overnight inspiration to the Occupy movement.

Olsen’s full statement from Google’s social network is posted below. (Hat tip to Glenn Greenwald.) — PZS

I’m feeling a lot better, with a long road in front of me. After my freedom of speech was quite literally taken from me, my speech is coming back but I’ve got a lot of work to do with rehab. Thank you for all your support, it has meant the world to me. You’ll be hearing more from me in the near future and soon enough we’ll see you in our streets!

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